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Somatic Experiential Therapy
What Is Somatic Healing or Somatic Experiential Therapy

    Although the concepts that guide it have existed for more than a century (according to this study from the book EMDR as an integrative psychotherapy approach), somatic therapy or somatic healing is still a relatively new approach that professionals are using to address mental health challenges.   For those who are skeptical about

Why am I waking up depressed?
Why Am I Waking Up Depressed?

    According to the World Health Organization, depression affects approximately 5 percent of adults worldwide (or 280 million people). Furthermore, according to this study published by JAMA Psychiatry, 10.4 percent of Americans have struggled with major depressive disorder during a 12-month period and 20.6 percent have dealt with a lifetime prevalence.   Some people

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
What is Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

    Pathological demand avoidance (also known as PDA or extreme demand avoidance) is a relatively rare subset of autism spectrum disorder (formerly known as pervasive developmental disorders).   Many people are unfamiliar with PDA and how it can impact a person’s everyday life and well-being. For those who are confused and unsure of where

Black Counselor
How to Find a Black Therapist

    According to data collected by Zippia, 198,811 therapists are working in the United States. Of these nearly 200,000 professionals, 76.4 percent are white and a mere 4.1 percent are Black.   For many Black individuals, it’s more comfortable to attend therapy sessions and work through mental health challenges with a Black therapist rather

Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder: Signs, Causes, and Solutions

    According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, approximately 28.8 million people in the United States struggle with some kind of eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder.   Of all these conditions, binge eating disorder is one of the most misunderstood. This lack of

Healing Separation
How to Make a Marital Separation Agreement That is Healthy for your Relationship

According to this survey published by the Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, more than 50 percent of spouses that are separated believe that staying apart is an effective option for resolving their family issues and rebuilding a healthy relationship.   Couples can go through 2 different types of separation: A trial or informal separation or

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria
What is Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria?

    According to this study published by the American Journal of Psychiatry, emotional dysregulation and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD for short) often accompany neurodevelopmental conditions like Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).   Although many people with ADHD experience RSD, it still is not currently recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Because

Am I In a Loveless Marriage
Am I In A Loveless Marriage?

    It’s normal for any marriage to go through a rough patch from time to time. When a couple feels that they’re having more rough patches than good times, though, they may start to question if they are in a loveless marriage.   For those who are struggling with an unhappy marriage or unhealthy